In the early morning of November 8, 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan, locally known as “Yolanda”, made landfall in the Eastern Visayas Region of the Philippines. The storm hit with maximum sustained wind speeds of 241 km/h. The Typhoon affected more than 12 million people, resulting in over 4,000 deaths. President Benigno S. Aquino III immediately declared a state of national calamity.
This program, implemented by Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) together with its local partner Habitat for Humanity Philippines, assisted those most affected by Typhoon Haiyan through the provision of early recovery assistance, in a program combined with much needed training in building resilience against future disasters.
In addition, and to ensure sustainability, HFHI and Habitat for Humanity Philippines undertook disaster preparedness and technical training on disaster-resistant repair and building techniques for beneficiary families. In total, over 500 families were targeted by this initiative, which sought to respond to the plight of those most heavily affected by this unprecedented natural disaster.